Six Flags Great America reduces admission prices, raises season pass

Posted Thursday, January 24, 2002 4:35 AM | Contributed by redman822

Six Flags Great America, outside of Chicago, is dropping admission prices for the 2002 season by three dollars. Their season pass, however, will increase in price.

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 4:42 AM
Its my guess that since Deja Vu didn't open until October, there were some pretty annoyed patrons. Im thinking that this is a smart way to bring non-season pass holders back again a little happier.

They always run season pass sales, so this $91 deal should have little effect on those ready to purchase one.

Thursday, January 24, 2002 5:14 AM
Am I missing something? The 2002 admission price is showing as $39.99. That is the same price as last year. The childrens admission price has been restructured for anyone under 54" tall. If they were going 3 dollars cheaper than it would be $36.99.
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 5:27 AM
what about that parking $10.00 bucks, that's crazy!
Thursday, January 24, 2002 5:46 AM
Holy Crap! You mean to tell me that they have finally heard the employee's & guests complaints about the childrens ticket price being set to anyone under 48". Praise SFGAM for finally wising up and taking the next step in guest satisfaction. This has been a thorn in my side the entire time I worked at the park. Taking complaint after complaint at the large coasters about how people paid full price admission, but they still can't ride any of the major roller coasters. I hope they can measure heights correctly otherwise this is a lost cause.

Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:11 AM
Ok, this is pulled from the not updated 2001 info sheet on Six Flags Web Site.


- General Admission(over 48") $39.99
- Children (48" and under) $19.99
- Children 2 and under FREE
- Seniors (60+) $19.99
- Best Buy (Any 2 Days in 2001 Season) $49.99
- TWICKET - Validation fee $5.00
(Visit next consecutive operating day)
- Season Passes - Individual $87.95
- Family(up to 4 persons) $271.96
- Parking $8.00
Discount admission rates available for groups of 20 or more. Dates, hours and prices are subject to change without notice. Prices subject to Village of Gurnee tax where applicable.
 Now, they say that the price for admission has been lowered 3 dollars. It looks like you need to raise everything else to cover the 3 dollar cost.. I remember the price at the beginning of the season to be $ 39.99 and as the season progressed, it went up to $ 42.99. Am I wrong? Well here is another Six Flags marketing ploy without giving all of the information.
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:19 AM
Why does it open s late may 4th?
Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:23 AM
is anyone else as outraged as I am concerning the season parking pass?  I'm used to the high prices for the season pass itself so the raised price doesn't bother me, but $40 for parking?  that's crazy!
Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
Thursday, January 24, 2002 7:10 AM
I thought the prices came down last year at the end of the season to $39.99 after being raised to $42.99 for a few months.  $39 for the parking pass is outrageous, ity almost makes me not want to buy one!  Since I've used it to get into SFSL, SFDL and SFA, I guess it's still worth it.
Thursday, January 24, 2002 7:13 AM
PatMan007. They open on May 4th because they rent the park out to private parties for a few weeks before that. At least thats how it was last year.

I can understand people being angry for the increase in season passes but if people buy them, then they will charge these prices. Nobody should be paying full price for a pass. There are plenty of coupons available and the option of buying the family pass for cheaper prices.

"The Peoples Elbow" or "The Spinaroonie?. Cant decide which is the most electrifying move in sports entertainment!!! LOL

Thursday, January 24, 2002 7:32 AM
Parking for 10.00 is crazy anyways. It's not like Six Flags is making money hadn over fist as far as the food prices are concerned anyways. 28.00$ for 2 cheesburgers and fries and 2 cokes is obscene! Why the hell charge for parking? I dont get it.
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 2:33 PM
I ****WISH****  I could get a parking pass for $40.  SFWOA sells these stupid tickets in packs of 5 for $20.  I spent $80 last year on parking tickets!!!   That is why I am not buying a SFWOA pass this year.  I usually get one to there PKI and Cedar Point.  PKI gives you the parking pass free (as did Sea World) and I paid $25 for a parking pass to CP for next year.  I used my last parking ticket to SFWOA durring Octoberfest.  I wasnt about to spend $20 more to back 2-3 more times for the season, nor was I gonna spend $9 friggin dollars for a one time shot.  This is where there greed came back to bite them in the ass.



Thursday, January 24, 2002 4:44 PM
People stop complaining.  I understand that you are upset about SFGAM expensive season passes.  Its ridiculous the price differences for different six flags parks.  I think they should set a standard rate for all six flags parks and charge everyone the same for the season pass.  Just like Cedar Fair and I think Paramount parks do.  Also $90 is in the ballpark for season passes compared to Cedar Fair and Paramount parks.  I do agree though the $10 for parking is highway robbery and that is what needs to lowered.  Remember though no matter how much they charge us or rip us off in the end SFGAM is still a good quality park.

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Thursday, January 24, 2002 5:01 PM
Here's there 2002 pricing information, direct from


General Admission

Children (Under 54")

Children (3 and under)

Seniors (60+)




Season Pass - Individual

Season Pass - Family (up to 4 persons)

Season Pass Parking

Looking at my notes from last season,  Season Passes were $85, so that is an increase of 6 dollars there.  Season Parking Passes were $34...another increase, this time of 5 dollars.

So, once again they hype the fact that admission prices are going down, but then raise other things.  They did that last year too...they dropped admission prices (for both adults and kids) 2 bucks (kids dropped $1.10 and adults dropped $0.90).  But, then during the course of the year, parking went up 2 bucks....strange how that works!  :-)


With the high prices out at SFGAm, I have started looking at other parks to get my pass (SFKK, SFSTL, SFWOA).  The one thing that I don't understand is why you have to process your pass at the park you purchase it at...I mean, if you can USE your pass at ANY SF park, then why can't you purchase it at one park and process it at another??? If that was allowed, then it would save me the trip, and I could just call or mail my information to another park and process it at SFGAm.  Sounds like it would work out great for me and tons of other people.

The reason I bring that up is that I did that a few years back...I purchased my season pass at SFGAm...they sent me the voucher for my pass...I then took it to SFSTL (then SFOverMidAmerica) and processed it down there. I had no hassels, no problems...nothing. They just took my SFGAm voucher, had me fill out a form for the SFSTL pass, and then continued on with the processing.

I don't see what the big deal with that is, and I think a lot more people would be happier in the end if they could pick where they purchased their pass, and where they got it processed.


Brian A. Plencner
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 6:51 PM
Its very simple Brian. If they allowed you to order a pass voucher and have it mailed to you, what do you think would happen? Yes, everyone would be ordering their passes from the cheapest SF park and then having their passes processed at their home park. SFGAm, SFMM, and SFGADv wouldnt sell any(or hardly any).

Since it is $10.00 to park each time, the $39.00 parking pass isnt that bad of a deal. I am sure most of you that have SFGAm as your home park frequent it well more than 4 times so its well beyond paid for.

No sense in griping about the season pass prices guys. When you compare it to other forms of entertainment and the fact that most of us here use and abuse our passes, its still not that bad of a deal.

""An hour wait for a 2 minute thrill. Yes, we need our heads examined""

Friday, January 25, 2002 7:07 AM
one season pass rate sounds nice for enthusiasts, but the GP who are only concerned with being able to enter their home park whenever they want aren't really going to care if another park charges more or less of season passes.  the prices of the season passes (and for that matter, general admission) should reflect how popular the park is.

buying from one park and processing at another again sounds nice to enthusiasts.  the majority of the GP aren't going to follow the same scheme.  they will only buy from other parks if they are enlightened by enthusiasts or if they are closet enthusiasts themselves.  probably the reason they don't allow you to buy from one park and process at another is the price difference in the passes.

parking at SFGA is way too expensive.  sure I'm going to get a parking pass and have it pay for itself, but its still very expensive and I'm not going to be happy about it.

with all that said, who among us (that usually get SFGA season passes) isn't going to get a season and parking pass this year?

Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park

Friday, January 25, 2002 9:14 AM
$40 isn't too bad for a parking pass.... Cedar Point charges $50 if you didn't get the $25 early bird special.
Friday, January 25, 2002 12:33 PM
It sounds like Six Flags should establish one rate for all of the parks. This would make the most sense. This way all the passes would be a general Six Flags pass. Probably will never happen since the park would lose revenue. I thought I saw a season price for SFEG for like $80 some dollars. That park is tiny,


Friday, January 25, 2002 1:26 PM
Park across the street at Burger King and Hoof it.  Use the $10 to buy a hamburger that walking back to Burger King will burn off anyway...
Friday, January 25, 2002 2:13 PM
Just watch out for the Gurnee Police. If the Burger King employees (or any other business) in that area see you, they WILL ticket and tow your car. It has happened before, and its not fun.

Not to be a jerk or anything, but I get my parking for free. HAHA

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